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Table 1 Compared results by MALDI-TOF MS analysis using the new and the standard identification methods

From: MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry as a potential tool for Trichomonas vaginalis identification

  MALDI-TOF MS analysis
  New identification method Standard identification method
  Range setting (6–10 kDa) Range setting (3–15 kDa)
Clinical isolates Identification Score Identification Score
Tv1a T. vaginalis G3 2.0 T. vaginalis G3 1.9
Tv2a T. vaginalis G3 2.2 T. vaginalis G3 1.9
Tv3a T. vaginalis G3 2.1 T. vaginalis G3 1.7
Tv4a T. vaginalis G3 2.1 T. vaginalis G3 1.7
Tv5a T. vaginalis G3 2.3 T. vaginalis G3 1.7
Tv6a T. vaginalis G3 2.2 T. vaginalis G3 1.7
Tv7a T. vaginalis G3 2.2 No identification NA
Tv8a T. vaginalis G3 2.1 No identification NA
Tv9a T. vaginalis G3 1.7 No identification NA
Tv10a T. vaginalis G3 1.7 No identification NA
Tv11a T. vaginalis G3 1.7 No identification NA
Tv12a T. vaginalis G3 1.9 No identification NA
Tv13a T. vaginalis G3 1.8 No identification NA
Tv14a T. vaginalis G3 1.7 No identification NA
Tv15a T. vaginalis G3 1.7 No identification NA
Tv16a T. vaginalis G3 1.7 No identification NA
Tv17a T. vaginalis G3 2.0 No identification NA
Tv18a T. vaginalis G3 2.0 No identification NA
Tv19a T. vaginalis G3 2.0 No identification NA
Tv20b T. vaginalis G3 2.0 No identification NA
Tv21c T. vaginalis G3 1.7 No identification NA
Samples     
Urine N. 20 No identification NA No identification NA
Vaginal swabd No identification NA No identification NA
Urethral swabd No identification NA No identification NA
Urine swabd No identification NA No identification NA
  1. Tv Trichomonas vaginalis, NA not applicable
  2. aisolated from vaginal swab
  3. bisolated from urine
  4. cisolated from urethral swab
  5. dexperimentally seeded sample with Tv15